There has been two new additions to the Roku ensemble, the Roku 2 and Roku 3 have been upgraded and improved.
This means there is now two models each with the same name:
“Roku 2” – older model “2720” – newer model “4210”
“Roku 3” – older model “4200” – newer model “4230”
This is due to a mid-cycle refresh, meaning Roku didn’t feel the devices were significantly enough improved to justify creating a new generation of models.
I feel this is a modest move personally as the improvements made to the Roku 2 are enough to make it far better than its predecessor, the Roku 3 newer model is also an improvement from its earlier model but not as substantially.
The new Roku 2 has most notably increased its processor speed, so it’s now on par with the older and newer Roku 3’s. This means for less money you can get the Roku 2 and expect the same speedy response we are used to seeing with the Roku 3 models.
The only reason to buy the pricier Roku 3 (4230) is if you want the headphone jack on the remote, the voice search and/or the Wi-Fi remote. So basically the only difference between the two newer models is the remote itself.
So if you can foresee using the headphones with the Roku remote or want to take advantage of the voice search I would consider the Roku 3. Also, the Wi-Fi remote that only comes with the Roku 3 makes the experience better again because this remote allows control of the Roku without the need for direct line-of-sight.
In short, if you are on a budget get the Roku 2 and get nearly all the best Roku has to offer or if you have the extra cash available get the Roku 3 and be satisfied you have all the features literally at your fingertips.
It bears mentioning that Roku 2 and Roku 3 are still at the top of the list for affordable and easy solutions for those wishing to ‘cut cable’. If you are a fellow Canadian and wish to get access to all the features that Roku has to offer please refer to my guides to setting up SmartDNS or VPN services for your Roku. With these services you can access all the American, British, etc. content available on the Roku.
It bears mentioning that with these new models you can still use the old methods of SmartDNS and VPN to free yourself from the limited content offered to Canadians!
What are your thoughts on the new Roku models? What do you want to see in the next generation Roku models?